Fisheries, Ecology & Land Management Consultancy

We provide prompt and effective fisheries management and ecology and land management consultancy services. Our team of dedicated consultants are experts in the fields of Ecology, Land Management and Arboriculture. 

Our Ecology and Land Survey teams handle legislative issues with an understanding and awareness of how legislation impacts the clients’ projects.

Phase 1 Habitat Surveys

Phase 1 Habitat Surveys are required by Planning Policy Statement 9 (PPS9), which sets out policies on the protection of biodiversity and geological conservation.

This is often the starting point for the majority of ecology assessments. Our survey allows for a clear understanding of the ecology on a site and an assessment of the potential impacts of any proposed development.

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surverys

We can extend the Phase 1 Habitat Survey to provide a more detailed assessment through the inclusion of scoping work for protected species.

Both these surveys can be carried out most of the year, though spring or summer surveys make it easier for identification of vegetation.

Survey timings are crucial in order to obtain reliable data and prevent project delay as consents and licenses’ may be required for any mitigation procedures.

Our Phase 1 Habitat Surveys provide information on:

Present/potentially present species
Potential impacts of a development
Legal and planning policy issues
We provide a complete written report of results evaluating conclusions and appropriate recommendations for compliance or further investigation.

Where required we consult with interested parties, including planning consultants, architects, local authorities, statutory agencies, wildlife conservation organisations and local interest groups.

Water Quality Surveys

We understand how ecosystems function and have the technical ability to clearly identify and define problems and formulate specific solutions.

Our surveys services include:

  • Pond lake and reservoirs surveys
  • Water condition report
  • Sterilisation and treatment recommendations of acidified water bodies
  • Water habitat and marginal vegetation assessments
  • Siltation surveys

The main parameters tested for in water quality are:

  • Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)
  • Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)
  • Dissolved Oxygen (DO)
  • Ammonia (ionised, un-ionised)
  • Nitrate PH Level
  • Phosphate and hardness

Other specialised analysis for:

  • E-Coli
  • Legionella
  • Blue/green algae
  • Other algae

Environment Impact Surveys

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a key aspect of many large scale planning applications so we keep aware of the latest revisions to the planning system particularly in regard to:

  • Agricultural developments
  • Energy and wind farm developments
  • Infrastructure
  • Sports and recreational facilities
  • Urban and rural residential and commercial development
  • We take clients through the requirements of Town and Country Planning (EIA) Regulations ID: 4 Updated: 15 04 2015.

The process

  • Screening: We help to determine whether a planned project falls within the remit of the regulations
  • Scoping: We define the extent of issues to be considered in the assessment and reported in the environmental statement
  • Preparing an environmental statement: Where an assessment is required, we compile the information required to assess the significant environmental effects of the development.
  • Making a planning application and consultation: We ensure statutory ‘consultation bodies’ and the public are given an opportunity to give their views about the proposed development and the environmental statement.
  • Final decision making: The environmental statement, together with any other information which is relevant to the decision, comments and representations made on it, must be taken into account by the local planning authority and or the Secretary of State in deciding whether or not to give consent for the development. The public must be informed of the decision and the main reasons for it.

Ecological and Biological Surveys

We report for all commercial and private enterprise covering:

  • Surveys of flora and fauna including protected species
  • Invasive species monitoring and control
  • Production of detailed reports including mitigation measures
  • Planning authorities require ecology surveys when any possible land development may impact the natural wildlife or ecological balances in the proposed development area.

A.G.A. Group is experienced in undertaking and then reporting their findings for submission as part of a planning application This allows local authorities to make planning decisions based on sound scientific findings on the impacts on protected species and biodiversity.

Protected Species Surveys

It is a legal requirement for a protected species survey to be conducted if initial surveys indicate species listed in Article 12 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (Habitats Regulations) 2010 (as amended), or the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), are present on a development site.

Protected species surveys include:

  • Great crested newts
  • Bats
  • Water voles
  • Otters
  • Dormice

Some species have standing advice with which we can use to help you with planning decisions.

Developers will also need to consider how their project may affect a protected area or neighbouring site. These are:

  • Areas of outstanding natural beauty
  • Sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs)
  • Special areas of conservation (SACs)
  • Special protection areas (SPAs)
  • Ramsar wetlands
  • Sites in the process of becoming SACs and SPAs

Silt and Hydro-Soil Surveys

When considering restorations and mitigations to aquatic environments it is important to understand the impacts that the silt and hydro-soil have on the ecology of both running but in particular still and standing water such as ponds and lakes. Carrying out a survey is or should be one of the first and initial steps in the process.

Silt and hydro-soil surveys allow you to understand the processes and conditions prevalent in the water environment. A survey should include the depth of the silt contrasted against the depth of the water. This can help to dive detect understand any sedimentary processes and the possible need for dredging, draining and silt removal.

A survey should also include providing an appreciation of both the organic and inorganic component of the silt and hydro-soil. This is particularly important to understand as these natural processes are often critical in achieving the much sought after ‘natural balance’.

With over 30 years of experience, A.G.A. Group is in an ideal position to offer such services and detailed advice.

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Arboriculture & Forestry Surveys

Trees are an important asset in every respect; their management, however, can often be a real problem for both landowners and developers. Our consultants will plan for the most effective solutions for your arboricultural undertakings.

We will provide tree reports for all commercial and private enterprise for example:

  • Architects
  • Developers
  • Insurance Companies
  • Estate Managers

Our robust yet practical advice will meet the clients’ needs, thus ensuring projects can proceed whilst maximising the benefits which the trees provide.

Our services encompass:

  • Amenity valuation
  • Arboricultural expert witness
  • Arboricultural impact assessment
  • Arboricultural method statement
  • Arboricultural surveys (BS 5837)
  • Feasibility studies
  • Tree condition
  • Tree constraints plan
  • Tree hazard assessments
  • Tree protection plan
  • Tree risk assessment (QTRA)
  • Tree root protection
  • Tree surveys

A.G.A. Group Consultancy can also provide the following forestry services:

  • Tariffing
  • Specifying and managing harvesting contracts
  • New woodland design and planting
    Advice and submission of forestry grants

Life Cycle Project Management

We take ownership of the whole process from “Concept to Completion”, and with over 30 years in the industry, we are strongly positioned to advise and support your project, offering full life cycle project management services.

Our project management team concentrate on the main objective: to take forward the work of the project in order to meet the goals of the project.

Typically every project has four major phases, each requiring a specific schedule and resolution of arising issues.

We have a clear understanding of the execution of these phases which allows our managers and executives to establish and maintain efficient control of the project.

These phases represent the path a project takes from the beginning to its end and are generally referred to as the project “life cycle.”

  1. Initial enquiry – initial contact from a client to inquire about one of our services resulting in bespoke specialist advice, guidance notes or site management plan
  2. Project resourcing – secure external grants to implement actions identified in the previous stage
  3. Project tendering – A.G.A. Group Consultancy has no part in this stage to ensure fair and open competition
  4. Project implementation – final stage where the contracting arm of AGA Group implements the project

Fisheries Management

AGA Group can advise on a complete package for the management of fisheries and their aquatic environments. The group, being run by an internationally respected authority on fisheries management, has over 30 years experience in the field, with a great portfolio of successful projects to both draw on and to show our expertise.

This division of AGA is wide ranging and can take responsibility for all aspects of your business that deal with the management of fisheries.

Our expertise covers the full range of fisheries management and related details:

  • Aquatic consultancy
  • Fisheries management
  • Fisheries structure
  • Lake management
  • Pond – lake construction and restoration
  • Water quality management
  • Fish surveys
  • Fish health examinations
  • Fish feeding and diet including probiotics
  • Management plans

Fisheries Management Book

This beautifully produced 400-page full-colour guide to fisheries management is the definitive hard backreference book for managers of still-water coarse fisheries.

Review Anglers Mail “The book is the work of some of the most knowledgeable fisheries people around.”

This book, seen as the core text for many diploma and degree courses internationally, is available for purchase from AGA. Please contact us for details.

Aquatics Environment Serveys

Our Aquatic Consultancy division is responsible for offering professional advice on a wide range of aquatic management issues affecting aquatics environs, including:

Management and development of fisheries
Conservation of habitats
Environmental management and biosecurity
We also specialise in large scale integrated projects i.e.

Conservation and heritage
Micro-hydro schemes
Habitat protection and enhancement
Abstraction impact assessments
Reed bed and wetland system designed to treat wastewater, sewage and waterborne contaminants
Fluvial restoration
AGA Consultancy can provide detailed assessments and produce reports and plans to assist in the planning application process and the assessment of all relevant significant environmental issues.

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Water Quality Surveys

We understand how ecosystems function and have the technical ability to clearly identify and define problems and formulate specific solutions.

Our surveys services Include:

  • Pond lake and reservoirs surveys
  • Water condition report
  • Sterilisation and treatment recommendations of acidified water bodies
  • Water habitat and marginal vegetation assessments
  • Siltation surveys

The main parameters tested for in water quality are dissolved oxygen, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, pH, phosphate and hardness.

The completed project
The completed project

Site Management Planning

Through the resources of A.G.A. Group, we are able to offer the production of site management plans; these can be produced for small open green spaces through to national nature reserves. We also have experience in producing management plans for Green Flag accreditation and can guide you through this process.

We will bring together our ecologists, land management specialists and designers to liaise with clients to provide a comprehensive plan.

Our site management plans are well researched addressing all aspects of the site including recreation, archaeology, biodiversity and access. Agreed action plans will assist you with the day to day operations of your site.

Our site management plans aim to:

  • Mitigate impacts on vulnerable sites
  • Manage onsite species and habitats
  • Maintain and enhance important features of the site
  • Engage visitors encouraging a sense of ownership

Tell Us About Your Project

Latest Case Studies

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Creating A Hydro-Electric Generator Using Existing Waterways - Aquatic Engineering

Creating a hydroelectric waterway using existing structures. AGA was tasked with reinforcing and future-proofing this project so that the generator would produce power long into the future. A multiphased aquatic engineering project that bought together many divisions of the AGA group.

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Soft & Hard Landscaping – Floating Boardwalk, Terrace and Wildlife Garden

This project was part of a scheme in Diss town centre, Norfolk, to improve public spaces and give more priority to pedestrians. AGA were awarded this contract by the Diss Heritage Triangle, on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund, to create public access through an unused piece of land.

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Ecological Survey - Environmental Consultancy & Project Management

Wendover Woods is owned and managed by the Forestry Commission and provide a range of formal and informal recreational activities. The woodland is approximately 325 hectares and contains a mosaic of broadleaf woodland dominated by Beech and conifer plantations largely consisting of Larch, Spruce and Fir.

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